151. “It’s Harriet Nelson’s evil twin.”

The episode:The Crawling Hand,” ep. 106

The riff: Observed by Crow as a middle-aged brunette woman draws a gun on a young man she has mistaken for a prowler. (NOTE: No video available for this one.)

The explanation: Harriet Nelson was an actress and singer best remembered for her long stint on the radio-turned-TV sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.” The show was notable for starring real-life members of the Nelson family, including Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson. While never a resounding success, the show nevertheless lasted for eons, running from 1952 to 1966 with a whopping 425 episodes. It was the longest-running sitcom of all time until it was finally surpassed by The Simpsons in 2004. It remains the longest-running live-action sitcom of all time.

Novelty factor: I’ve heard the name of the show several times before, but I definitely didn’t know who Harriet Nelson was when the riff was mentioned. I am mildly surprised that I didn’t at least know how long “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” was on the air. Those who watched–was this pretty much the whitest, most 1950s show of all time?


5 thoughts on “151. “It’s Harriet Nelson’s evil twin.”

  1. While some would argue as to how “white” I am, I fondly remember watching this show in its heyday. And Ricky was sooo dreamy! His sons did well for themselves, too.

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